News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.

Training and Workforce

Flight Training Fatal Accidents Drop 50 Percent

Study shows 20-year reduction in flight training fatal accidents
Flight training accident rates

Naples Airport Authority Honors Crew of Accident CL604

Chair held a moment of silence and read a statement
Naples Airport

New Year Marred by Three Fatal Business Jet Accidents

Two accidents reportedly involved dual engine flameouts

Hop-A-Jet Challenger 604 Crashes on I-75 in Southwest Florida

Business jet was on a flight from Columbus, Ohio
N823KD Hop-A-Jet Challenger 604

Former Chile President Dies in Helicopter Accident

Shortly after takeoff, the helicopter crashed into the Ranco Lake in Chile
Robinson R44 helicopter

Air Evac Helicopter in Oklahoma Hit Geese Before Crashing

NTSB found dead goose in flight controls, others in crash area
NTSB chart

Boise Airport Hangar Collapse Kills 3, Injures 9

Construction was announced last year by Jackson Jet Center
The collapsed hangar at Boise Airport.

Business Aircraft Accident Reports: February 2024

Preliminary and final accident reports, February 2024
rural runway

NTSB Wants Spin-recovery Procedure Added to Twin Commander POH

Some models of the 690 series include spin-recovery instructions
Twin Commander

EASA Lays Out Priorities in European Air Safety Plan

Latest safety plan includes 19 new rulemaking tasks
EASA headquarters in Cologne, Germany

Three Die in Oklahoma HEMS Crash

Air Evac Bell 206 LongRanger crashes at night on repositioning flight
The helicopter was on a 70-mile repositioning flight from Oklahoma City to Weatherford when it crashed.

All Safe after Pilot Lands Caravan on Virginia Highway

Copilot declared mayday minutes after takeoff
Cessna Caravan off-airport landing Dulles

Cause of Challenger's Uncommanded Flap Failure Unknown

Charter flight landed safely after departing Farnborough Airport
Failures in the No 1 flap retract relay on a Challenger 604

Fatal Business Jet Accidents Climbed Steeply in 2023

Fatalities soared for U.S.-registered jets but decreased for non-U.S.-registered ones
Hawker 800XP resting at edge of runway with door open following an aborted takeoff
Regulations and Government

FAA To Audit Boeing Max 9 Production

Agency to reevaluate Boeing’s delegated authority and quality oversight
Boeing 737 Max 9 missing door plug

Parents of Helitour Crash Victim Receive $100 Million

Airbus, Papillon agree to nine-figure settlement in 2018 Grand Canyon helitour accident
Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

NTSB: Skydiving Pilot Involved in Fatal Plunge Had Used Kratom

NTSB report did not conclude that the pilot committed suicide
CASA 212 aircraft operated by North Carolina skydiving company

ATSB: Fatal Air Tour Midair Pilot Had Used Cocaine

Autopsy found cocaine metabolites in body of Australian helitour pilot

Mystery of Missing Gulfstream III Deepens

Reports that the jet's wreckage was found might not be accurate
Missing Gulfstream III private jet

Business Aircraft Accident Reports: January 2024

Preliminary and final accident reports, January 2024
rural runway

Fiery Crash at Tokyo Haneda Kills Five, Highlights String of Runway Incursions

All passengers and crew of the destroyed JAL Airbus A350-900 survived
First Japan Airlines A350-900 Takes Off

NTSB: Unknown Emergency Preceded Meridian Fatal Crash

An investigation did not find mechanical failures
Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe, Kansas (Photo: Johnson County, Kansas)

Vortex Ring Drill Triggered Bell 429 In-flight Break-up

NTSB faults pilot, instructor in 2022 fatal accident
Bell 429 crash April 2022

UK AAIB: Multiple Factors Led to Challenger Accident

Slow airspeed and strong crosswind led to mishap

PC-12 Crashes on Approach to San Angelo, Texas

The pilot and passenger were killed in the accident
Pilatus PC-12 flight track before crash

Business Aircraft Accident Reports: December 2023

Preliminary and final accident reports, December 2023
rural runway

AOPA: General Aviation Accident Rate Declines in 2021

Total accidents rise, but so do overall flight hours

AINsight: Wait, Wait, Don’t Take Off!

Runway incursions involving business jets are on the rise as crews misunderstand line up and wait instructions
A Learjet crosses in front of a landing Embraer jet at Boston's Logan International Airport

NBAA Publishes Runway Excursion Prevention Guide

Veering off of or overrunning runways is a leading cause of business jet accidents
Gulfstream G150 overrun

NTSB: Crew Ignored Instructions from ATC in Houston Bizjet Collision

A Raytheon Hawker 850 hit a Cessna Mustang landing on a crossing runway
Image from NTSB report showing paths of aircraft in accident